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Pretty water drops

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It’s almost dawn as I’m writing this, and until a few minutes ago it was raining softly. It was a very welcome rain after three days of scorching heat, during which I gave up shooting around the garden and moved my suffocating self to the beach, where life is good and the sun is welcome. I could live at the beach for a whole month and I wouldn’t get tired of it.
So, at last, I got to shoot a few sunsets with the new camera. I got Lightroom, too, and I love it already, but I’m editing at the pace of a snail, so bear with me. I’ve also been reading and watching lots of online tutorials and making a list of everything I want to try. It might be a few decades before I’m done, LOL.
These photos are from the backyard, taken before the heat wave. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I ever have to move to a house without a yard. Having the chance to go out every day and see what new beauty I can capture so close to home is one my favorite things in the world. But then again, the world always provides.

Shutter speed 1/100 f5.6 ISO 320 Edited in Lightroom

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69 thoughts on “Pretty water drops

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the deep colours!

  2. how good are they….awesome..

  3. Beautiful, Belen – just like diamonds! And I love your new header with the writing in the sand.

    • Thanks, Jude! I love the way the drops sparkle – the macro end of this lens is great!
      I’m glad you like the header, I was having fun on the beach and looking for a way to remind myself to appreciate all the good things around me :).

  4. Great Photos Belen. I love the colour ranges you are getting with that camera.

  5. Beautiful! Loved them, totally. What great color tone! 😀

  6. Lovely warm colors. The water beads look like little pearls on those leaves.

  7. Lovely light in these 🙂

  8. Very pretty. I love the light!!

  9. i love the lighting in these.. beautiful golden color.. water droplets look amazing as well – crisp

  10. I really like the tones in these.

  11. Love how the drops just hang on.

  12. I’m glad to see you are putting the new camera to good use!

  13. Great photos. The water droplets are so clear and vibrant.

  14. love the tones and the texture the blur gives these

  15. Awesome shots! I love it when I find some good water droplets….not that I would ever just use a spray bottle, that would be cheating 😉

  16. I love these water-drop shots! Very good technique, lovely colours, and nice framing too! Cheers!

  17. Beautiful shots! Love the water droplets. Isn’t D90 a great camera… 😉

  18. Good job! And, just when we’re getting used to LR3… they’re testing the beta of LR4!!! Ack!

    • Thanks, Derrick! I’m still using Lightroom 2, and frankly I don’t think I’ll ever be able to keep up with everything they come up with, every year they have a new version of everything! I’m beginning to feel comfortable with PS CS5 and I find out CS6 is about to come out. Whoa!

  19. Beautiful shots and I really like the header pic..:-)

  20. Super photos Belen..I’m with you…I don’t know what I would do either with out a yard!

  21. Happy New Year from Switzerland. Love the images, REALLY love you blog page header.

  22. Great shots, glad to see you’re enjoying your new camera, loving the results!

  23. These are so lovely! And you have a wonderful new header photo too.

  24. These are really beautiful photos. I love the contrast between the spiky thorns and the smoothness of the water drops.

  25. If you are new to Lightroom I would suggest getting a NAPP (national association of photoshop professionals) membership.

    They have tons of turorials, presets, and how-to videos. They also publish some good books on what you can do in Lightroom.

    You mention you are still slow at editing. I presume you know about preset you can save and then apply to one or more pictures.

    If you have a set of pictures that are approximately the same exposure, etc. you can post-process them very fast by doing one, applying the preset to all, and then tweak just the ones you like.

    No, I’m not associated with NAPP, Lightroom, or anyone. Just remembering when I was looking for direction.

    And thanks for liking my post.

    • Thank you for all the tips! I’d had LR for less than a day and I had already downloaded all the free presets I could find :). I love how easy it is to change the mood of a photo with them. I’m slowly learning how to edit the photos myself – I usually spend lots of time online so I’ve been watching tutorials and more tutorials. I still feel more comfortable doing some things in PS, but I’ve already realized LR is much faster (especially with my malfunctioning computer).
      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

  26. Love these. So soft and delicate.

    • Water drops are so fascinating to shoot. I want to try reflections on water drops next.
      Starting to use any new software can be quite a headache, but it’s so rewarding when your photos turn out pretty :). I can’t remember getting started with Photoshop, just a faint feeling of despair at how much there was to know and how overwhelming it was, and yet today I feel very comfy inside my digital darkroom. It’s all about taking it one step at a time :).

      • Thanks for the kind words. I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I got a new camera and lenses AND new software all at once. What was I thinking? So much to learn. But you’re right – one step at a time.

  27. Great images here! I’m a big Lightroom user myself, once you get the hang of it it’s well worth it, good luck!

    • Thanks, Aaron! I’m enjoying Lightroom a lot right now, and eventually I’ll get around to properly learning how to use it – right now I’m like kid with a new box of crayons :).

  28. Beautiful warm light! The second one down is my favorite. 🙂

  29. Beautiful. Amazing reflection!

  30. Stunning as usual!

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